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Training truth

Letter To The Editor
| Saturday, March 22, 2014 9:00 p.m

There has been considerable misinformation put forth in Westmoreland County dialogue regarding sheriff’s deputy training as compared to municipal police officer training. It has been mistakenly maintained that the training for municipal officers is more extensive.

The news story “Sheriff’s proposal to aid Jeannette cops rejected as illegal” , for example, stated deputy training is 160 hours while police officers receive 520 hours. Actually, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Deputy Sheriffs’ Education and Training Board, under their Act 10 of 1998 authority, established the requirement for deputies to have not less than 760 hours of training. Additionally, if a police officer is hired as a deputy, that officer must undergo an additional two weeks’ training.

Lou Soltys


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